Monthly reviews are one of my favourite traditions. Here’s how it works – every month I come up with some things I learned, and not always the easy way. Then, I ask you all to join in with some recent revelations of your own. And we all learn and grow and what-not. Or at least share a laugh at our own expense, because some of these lessons are both hard-fought and funny. Sound good?
So, without further ado, here are some things that I learned in April.
April Monthly Review
1. I discovered that cantaloupe seedlings smell pretty much exactly like cantaloupe, the fruit. Something about this amuses me no end.
2. I re-learned the joys of the walk-in clinic when I was hit by a bladder infection. I also re-learned the joys of the bladder infection. Such fun! Only not. (I am fine now, thanks for asking.)
3. I found out how much rejection can sting when I returned home from two nights away and my three-year-old was sad that it was me, and not his grandmother.
4. I discovered that it’s difficult to give up both meat and gluten, when I found myself reading labels in the vegetarian section of the grocery store as part of my One Green Thing for the month. It seems that many meat substitutes rely heavily on wheat.
5. I toured a shipping terminal, and discovered that I live only a few kilometers away from the largest sulphur export terminal in the whole freaking world. You want sulphur? Port Moody, British Columbia has sulphur.
6. I discovered that when you put plants in a planter box, and you live in a rainy climate, you had better make sure there is a drainage hole on the bottom, or your little seedlings will drown. So sorry, little plants!
7. I attended my first Easter egg hunt – at least since I was a very young toddler, myself. So! Much! Mayhem! But the chocolate makes it all worthwhile.
8. In a month of many doctor’s visits, I learned that they don’t treat sinusitis in a seven-year-old until at least three weeks in, because it generally resolves on its own. My daughter’s did resolve on its own, and thankfully it didn’t take three weeks. That much missed school would have made everyone miserable, I think.
9. I re-discovered both the joys (pretty!) and the agony (they stick all over your car and don’t come off!) of cherry blossom season in Vancouver.
10. I experienced the joys of Whole Foods, when I visited the store for the first time to attend a blogger event. I am happy to say that I did not, in fact, actually spend my whole paycheque. I was actually quite smitten. Too bad it’s not in my neighbourhood.
What did you learn in April? Please share! If you’d like to play along by writing a review post of your own, link to it in the comments!